Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine

, Volume 127, Issue 6, pp 562–566 | Cite as

Deglutition-induced tachycardia and spectral analysis of the heart rate

  • V. M. Khayutin
  • M. S. Bekbosynova
  • E. V. Lukoshkova


In healthy subjects at rest, swallowing is accompanied by a tachycardiac or tachycardiac-bradycardiac reaction, during which the heart rate can be accelerated by as much as 20 beats/min. The duration of these reactions is comparable to the period of regular low-frequency heart rate oscillations, thereby their occurrence during ECG recordings for heart rate spectral analysis leads to overestimation of low-frequency oscillation power. Using a special method of smoothing of single tachycardia waves, we found that in young healthy subjects the mean contribution of deglutition-induced tachycardia waves to the power of low-frequency heart rate oscillations is 42%.

Key Words

heart rate spectral analysis low-frequency oscillations swallowing single waves of tachycardia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. M. Khayutin
    • 1
  • M. S. Bekbosynova
    • 2
  • E. V. Lukoshkova
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Regulation of Cardiovascular systemRussian Ministry of HealthMoscow
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Electrophysiology of the Heart, Russian Cardiological Research and Production ComplexRussian Ministry of HealthMoscow

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